- Pastel on Black Italian-made Paper
- 24 x 18 inches
- Available, Framed
World Traveler ~ Original Pastel Painting
Globes and maps, especially old ones, have always held a certain kind of charm. Perhaps they represent so much potential for new experiences or visions or even friends. Around Florence, Italy, in some of the shop windows, one notices many wooden puppets of Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is a Tuscan "invention." You may read more about The Adventures of Pinocchio online, but what intrigued me was the idea of how tales can often travel around the globe more than most individuals ever will. Books, or more accurately our stories, share our similar humanity and sometimes different cultures with others almost anywhere in the world, even communicating over generations.
This painting was created in pastels on a black Firenze-brand paper. What is black is simply nude paper, no pastel. On the technical side, the curled-up rolled antique map with the burgundy ribbon was fun and quite challenging to draw and so was the globe.
A formidable challenge is to use the pastels in a way that matches the artist's aesthetic and training in classical art, meaning the use of soft edges and darker muted colors to create an atmosphere. In this case, specifically, I had to create the shadow tones in such a way that they merged into the black paper without the viewer's brain thinking about this transition.
Like all of my pastel and charcoal artworks, this one has been treated with a fixative spray and will ship safely to your home or office. The work is framed, as you may see in an image on this page. Fine art giclée are also available. Just ask.
World Traveler was a finalist in the prestigious Art Renewal Center 2010-2011 ARC Salon - Still Life Category.
World Traveler Pinocchio: If you tell a really good story, the story will travel further in the world and last for centuries, much more than the author of the story ever could. The children's story of the puppet Pinocchio who wanted desperately to become a real boy (and receive love) originated in Collodi, Italy in the heart of Tuscany.
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